My IP Address Location Scam
A phishing scam where the person on the end of the phone tells you that a Mountain View IP is controlling your router is doing the rounds again.
Quite crafty this one.
They tell you that your Router has been hijacked from a IP coming out of Mountain View
To try and demonstrate this to you they ask you to type in to Google “My IP Address Location”
When you type My IP Address Location in to Google you get a Featured Snippet box for https://www.iplocation.net which all looks very genuine and may fool some people.
What they don’t tell you though is that the Featured Snippet is generated from when Googlebot crawled https://www.iplocation.net/find-ip-address and the result you are seeing is effectively a cached snapshot of the page, i.e the result returned if Google was doing the test.
The result you see isn’t your IP but is a Google IP which does come from Mountain View.
https://www.iplocation.net has nothing to do with this scam, the scammers obviously saw the featured snippet and thought this looks like a good way of tricking people.
Be careful out there folks and let me know in the comments below if this has happened to you.
Type my ip address location in to Google